Egyptian football’s documented history burned and looted: EFA chief

People inspect the damage at the Egyptian Soccer Federation after Ahly fans, also known as "Ultras" set it on fire following a court verdict, in Cairo March 9, 2013. (Reuters)

Documents belonging to Egyptian football history were burned and its trophies looted, an online website reported Egyptian Football Association (EFA) Chief Executive Sarwat Swelam as saying Saturday.

“The situation is very difficult. The EFA headquarter was totally burned and president Gamal Alaam will return from abroad to attend today’s urgent meeting,” Swelam told state news agency MENA.

On Saturday, violence erupted in Egypt’s Port Said after a court verdict gave death sentences to 21 culprits who took part in Port Said’s football violence, which saw the deaths of 72 Ahly fans.

According to Ahram Online, hundreds of Ahly fans, Ultras Ahlawy were reported torching the EFA headquarters. The Ultras are fuming with anger because only two police officers were convicted and the other seven were acquitted in the case.

“Large numbers of Ultras Ahlawy burned all the documents and papers and also stole all the cups. The history of Egyptian football is now lost and cannot be recovered,” Swelam adds.


Last Update: Sunday, 10 March 2013 KSA 01:33 - GMT 22:33